Speech Pathology Week 2017

During Speech Pathology Week, from 20-26 August, Early Connections encourages parents to think about their children’s communication. Continue Reading Speech Pathology Week 2017

Seeking support early for children with communication disabilities is life changing

Early Connections Alliance encourage parents to seek support early if there are warning signs of learning delays and difficulties.

During Speech Pathology Week, from 20-26 August, the Alliance encourages parents to think about their children’s communication and if they are concerned they can call for advice about Early Childhood Intervention, the NDIS and supports currently available.

The Alliance supports Speech Pathology Australia’s call for greater action to ensure communication accessibility for all.

“Developmental language disorder affects between five and eight per cent of children Australia-wide. But with the right intervention everyone can participate fully and be included in the community,” said Caryn Maher, Manager, Early Connections Coffs Coast.

“Early Childhood Intervention is key to help children with communication disabilities. Like mobility or wheelchair access, communication access enables people with communication disorders to get their message across by removing barriers to communication or providing extra strategies,” added Caryn.

What is communication accessibility?

“Communication accessibility can be as easy as rephrasing your question in simple language, using pictures, writing, gestures or symbols to help get across your message.

“For businesses, it might mean including plain English signage with symbols and pictures as well as words; or training staff so they are able to communicate successfully with a person with a communication difficulty.”

Early Connections Alliance is a network of five registered not for profits working together to create a strong and connected Early Childhood Intervention Network on the Mid North Coast.

“Our communities need to be accessible for everyone, including people with communication difficulties, physical disabilities, reading difficulties, vision impairment, hearing impairment and intellectual disability,” added Caryn.

Building communication accessibility will ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Contact us to find out more. 

Key Word Sign Workshop

Come along and learn how to use Key Word Sign to communicate with our children/clients in a fun and friendly environment. Continue Reading Key Word Sign Workshop

Presented by: Rachel Kilbourne (Speech Pathologist) & Kanti Saraswati (Speech Pathologist)

Key Word Sign (formerly known as Makaton) is a simplified form of manual signing, designed for use with children and adults who have communication difficulties. On completion of this workshop the participants will:

  • Learn and practice a basic vocabulary of approx. 80 interactive signs
  • Identify what key word signs are
  • Know how key word signing supports communication
  • Know who signing is used with
  • Use signs in everyday activities
  • Choose useful vocabulary tailored to the individual

Come along and learn how to use Key Word Sign to communicate with our children/clients in a fun and friendly environment.

Date: 8 March 2017
Time: 9.00am to 3.00pm
Cost: Free for enrolled families or $100 per person.
Location: 13 Kane Crescent, Coffs Harbour